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Hi everyone. I am looking to purchase a Nikon Monarch riflescope, and am considering either the 3-9x40mm or the fixed power 6x42. I am leaning towards the 6x42mm, but would like to have some opinions of each, if possible. This scope purchase if for a Ruger 77 mark 2 chambered in 7mm Rem SAUM. I want the black lustre finish to match the high gloss bluing of my new Ruger. Thanks in advance for your help. P.S. Forgot to mention rifle will be used for hunting whitetails and wild hogs in western North Carolina. Thanks again.

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Waterboy:

 

Both are good scopes, Nikon Monarch offers a lot for a very good price.  It is personal preference and has more to do with your hunting style or terrain than anything else.  Personal preference here,  if I go fixed it is usually only at 4x or less on guns that I would take for pretty close shots.  I hunt on the West Coast were we have a varity of terrain so so in pig season and I am using a fixed 4x on a lever action it is pretty much geared to close range and fast shots under cover.  For more open terrain such as shooting across large canyons or valleys then I like having variable scopes on the guns that I use for such shots like my 30.06 . 270 and 300 mag. usually during blacktail season.

 Judging by your rifle caliber of 7mm Um I'd lean more to the varible since you can crank up the power if your going to make a longer shot.  I am not familuar with North Carolina terrain but if it has big plains and flat areas like some of the states I've seen back east I would definitly like the adjustable power.

 

Just my opinion good luck

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I've noticed that I keep my 3-9 scopes on 6X about 95% of the time, so next time instead of a 3-9 I'm going to try a 6X.  I haven't used a fixed power in many years, and may not like it, but I really think simpler is better.  My only hesitation is sighting in; I really like having 9X to shoot targets.
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Thanks guys. I guess I should have told you about my hunting areas. Mostly timber, close shots are normal, although a longer shot could present itself. The two whitetails I got this past season were at about 40 yards and 75 yards. This isn't always the case, but close shots are pretty likely. Thats why I was thinking I might should go with the variable monarch. However, I do like the simplicity of the fixed 6. mwyates, I also like 9x for the target range. Further comments are appreciated. Thanks again.
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I too hunt the Carolinas in the terrain you described. A 6x is ideal for that environment.

 

But as mwyates made mention of, it's nice to be able to shoot targets before or after deer season.

I'd go 3-9 Monarch, solely based on the fact that you have a few more options.

 

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I like the simplicity of a fixed too.  However, 6x at 40 yards just gonna be a field of fur.  I have used a 4x and it is great out to 200, but works for those close shots.  And targets at 4x makes for good practice.
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A variable allows for more if the opportunity presents itself.  You never know, you might get the chance to hunt in another area someday where you need more or less magnification than a fixed 6X.  I do agree that a fixed 6X is ideal for a lot of places.  But, I have hunted in places where a fixed 4X was too much magnification.  I have also hunted antelope and I was glad to have more than 6X.

 

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